Game of the Week

Football Game of the Week: St. Ignatius in uncharted waters against Granite Bay

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team’s trip into the uncharted waters of the Division I Northern California regional championship game, by design, presents an unfamiliar opponent.

There isn’t a whole lot linking St. Ignatius and its opponent Granite Bay, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, so it’s been difficult for the Wildcats to gauge what exactly to expect.

Odds are, the Wildcats won’t find out until they hit the field on Friday night at Sacramento State University.

Football Game of the Week: SI playing for more than CCS Open title against Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

The St. Ignatius football team’s matchup against Bellarmine in the Central Coast Section Open Division championship on Friday night may not be the biggest game in the school’s long football history, but it’s awfully close.

It would be hard to argue anything can top last season’s win over eternal rival Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of 12,000 fans at AT&T Park in the Division III championship, but that was the end of the season for the Wildcats.

Much more is on the line Friday.

Football Game of the Week: Balboa and Galileo face off for final AAA playoff spot

By Jeremy Balan

Barring a substantial upset, the consequences of the matchup between the Balboa and Galileo high school football teams are pretty simple — win and you’re in.

Washington can complicate the Academic Athletic Association playoff picture considerably with an upset of Mission, but both programs are viewing the contest as a play-in game for the postseason.

Football Game of the Week: WCAL showdown in the Sunset

By Jeremy Balan

The default platitude in the West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section football discussions this season has been pretty simple.

Bellarmine remains the king until someone knocks it off.

For the first time in a long time — maybe the first time since it left the Academic Athletic Association in 1968 — St. Ignatius has an opportunity to take the crown as the top team in the WCAL and in the CCS when the Wildcats host Bellarmine on Saturday.

Football Games of the Week: AAA playoff spots up for grabs

By Jeremy Balan

At the midpoint of the Academic Athletic Association season, it’s clear that the Turkey Day favorites reside at Lincoln and Mission high schools.

Both sit at 3-0 in league play and have all but clinched playoff spots already, but the final two postseason berths are very much up for grabs and there may not be a more important week for the contenders.

Football Game of the Week: St. Ignatius and St. Francis in ‘other’ big WCAL game

By Jeremy Balan

As much attention as the West Catholic Athletic League clash between Bellarmine and Serra is getting this week, just 20 miles south of San Mateo there is another meeting of unbeaten WCAL squads that is flying under the radar.

St. Ignatius travels down to Mountain View to take on St. Francis on Friday night, and as impressive as the Wildcats have been this season, it’s actually St. Francis that has been the biggest surprise.

Football Games of the Week: City WCAL schools don’t have recent history on their side

By Jeremy Balan

If recent history holds form, the San Francisco football teams of the West Catholic Athletic League are in for a rude awakening in their league openers this weekend.

City high schools Riordan, Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius haven’t won a WCAL opener since 2008, when the Irish took down St. Francis and the Crusaders defeated Mitty.

Football Game of the Week: 8-man football under the lights at Kezar Stadium

By Jeremy Balan

While much of the City’s high school football teams are resting during a bye week before the start of their league season, Stuart Hall High School’s 8-man squad is gearing up for its most important game of the year.

The Knights (1-1) will host Trinity Christian of Monterey on Saturday night at Kezar Stadium. It’s the second straight year Stuart Hall will play at Kezar, after they hosted Anderson Valley last season in the first 8-man football game to be played at the former home of the 49ers.

Football Game of the Week: Riordan and Mission at different stages heading into City showdown

By Jeremy Balan

Leading up to the City’s most anticipated non-league football matchup of the season, the attitudes on the respective high school campuses could not be farther apart.

At Archbishop Riordan High School, where the Crusaders will host defending Academic Athletic Association champion Mission on Saturday, optimism is in high quantity.

Football Game of the Week: Campolindo and Sacred Heart Cathedral are kindred spirits

By Jeremy Balan

The Sacred Heart Cathedral football team’s matchup against Campolindo this week will likely be its toughest test of the non-league season, but will also present a clash of kindred spirits.

A year ago, Campolindo was in the same spot the Irish are in now, early in the 2012 season.

Picked to finish last in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, the Cougars went 14-0 and beat Marin Catholic in the North Coast Section Division III championship game, before falling to Washington Union of Fresno in the D-III state championship game.

Now, the Irish have been picked last by the West Catholic Athletic League coaches in their preseason poll, but surprised many when they dispatched Terra Nova with relative ease in their opener, a team that was ranked locally and regionally.